Today’s news roundup sees Microsoft potentially snatch away a Sony advantage by announcing the possibility of Blu-ray on the 360, Peter Molyneux confirm what we already know by announcing Natal support for Fable 3, and a new patent for a single-hand controller arise from Sony.
Microsoft Confirm Blu-ray for the 360?
Blu-ray is one of Sony’s strongest weapons in the console war, so it will likely come as a blow to hear Microsoft are announcing Blu-ray is heading to the Xbox 360. Kind of. A Blu-ray add-on drive will eventually be made available for the 360, allowing Blu-ray movies to be played on the machine, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The Blu-ray add-on was confirmed when Ballmer was questioned if the 360 will ever see Blu-ray, his response revealed “Well I don't know if we need to put Blu-ray in there - you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories.”
Since Microsoft lost out with HD-DVD in the format war, they have frequently denied any plans to embrace Blu-ray, with Director of product Aaron Greenberg most recently pointing out he believes the future to be digital, and they’re not going to “force people to pay for things they don't want.” Of course it may be possible this news isn’t actual confirmation, but instead Microsoft simply pointing out if the 360 was to receive Blu-ray, it would have to be external. Hopefully they can share a little more soon. [Gizmodo]
Molyneux Confirms Natal Support for Fable 3
Following much speculation and hinting Peter Molyneux has finally confirmed Fable 3 will include Natal support, while speaking at a lecture for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Molyneux didn’t give away any details on how Natal will be implemented into the Fable series, but considering his reputation as a spiel-speaking blabbermouth, it’s not long until we find out. With Fable 3 accompanying Natal with a Christmas release next year, Fable may be the best way to get to grips with the Natal, and prove it truly works. [VG247]
New Single-Hand Controller Patented By Sony
According to a recently filed patent, it looks like Sony has plans to introduce a new controller into the market. The controller is designed as a stick to be held in one hand, with four buttons sitting on the top. No information is given on what the controller is actually for.
Speculation looks at the possibility of a “nunchuck” controller to accompany the “wand” motion controller from Sony, but the four buttons on top questions this idea. Another possible idea suggested is that it’s a new quiz controller, likely directed at an upcoming Buzz! Game. Of course the idea may never become reality, like many patents. [Siliconera]